Greetings over UK Holiday period

Peter Murray-Rust peter at
Thu Dec 24 13:06:30 GMT 1998

At this part of the year the UK has a holiday period.

It's traditionally the time to:
	- send greetings, so here are ours.
	- run central University services at a minimalist level. If there are
technical problems it is unlikely that much can be done by Henry (or me).

Involvement with XML has made me even more aware of the world's
multiplicity of cultures and religions and hope that these will continue to
flourish. Like any new technology XML has the capacity to be used to change
the world in ways that may be beneficial or harmful, inclusive or
exclusive. Let's hope that we can be perceptive and sensitive.

I haven't contributed much to XML-DEV recently because:
	- the contributions are - as always - of high quality
	- I don't contribute when others can say better what I intended 
	- I am getting much more involved with the practice of XML, both in the
VHG and CML and this takes time. Henry and I are developing CML software in
an OpenSource approach and we'll let you know shortly where we've got to.
It will hopefully be of interest to non-chemists as well as chemists. But
we shall need XML-DEV help :-) - especially in the area of XObjects and I
expect this discussion to be re-opened... 

Also I am extremely pleased to see the groundswell of high-quality tools
and demonstrations emerging. This was exemplified by a RL meeting in London
early this month run by the W3C - particularly the W3C-LA (a European
project, in which the VHG takes part). The talks were of very high quality
and covered the whole spectrum of XML and XML-based component technologies.
I really felt at the end of the day that XML had arrived at a state where I
could stand in the market-place and announce that part of the future had


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